On Pilgrimage-1

by Maresa Lilley, SND on June 17, 2013 · 0 comments

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Yesterday, June 16th, some of my fellow Sisters of Notre Dame and I embarked on a pilgrimage tour of our places of origin in Europe, dear to the history of our Congregation. So I am not able to paint in my usual mode, but I thought instead that I would share some images along with some of our story, as we travel through these days. These images were painted for a simple, childlike booklet called “Hilligonde’s Dream,” written by Sister Valerie Schneider, SND.

Having lost both her parents by age seven, young Hilligonde Wolbring (b. 1828), the future foundress of the Coesfeld Sisters of Notre Dame, went to live with her loving Aunt, Uncle, and cousins in Westphalia, Germany. Her attitude upon arrival needed some adjusting, since she did not think she should have to do farmwork. The loving tact of her Aunt helped redirect her strong will and form her generous character.

Hilligonde thinks she does not need to work since she has her father's inheritance.

Hilligonde thinks she does not need to work since she has her father’s inheritance.

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